Intricate knots and vast cosmologies: The poetry of Judith Beveridge

Duwell, Martin (2000) Intricate knots and vast cosmologies: The poetry of Judith Beveridge. Australian Literary Studies, 19 3: 243-253.

Author Duwell, Martin
Title Intricate knots and vast cosmologies: The poetry of Judith Beveridge
Journal name Australian Literary Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0004-9697
Publication date 2000-05
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 19
Issue 3
Start page 243
End page 253
Total pages 11
Editor Laurie Hergenhan
Place of publication Ipswich, QLD, Australia
Publisher Australian Literary Studies
Collection year 2000
Language eng
Subject C1
420202 Australian and New Zealand
751001 Languages and literature
Formatted abstract
On a first reading, Beveridge's poetry seems to be alive with an extraordinary sensitivity to smells and sounds as well as sights — all of which lead to a precise and intense response to the world that often emerges as rhapsodic. At a higher level it is obsessed by patterning and the search for patterns, tapestries, figures in the carpet as well as chaotic contingency and its transcendent 'monarch note'. It also explores the significance of the continuous crossing of boundaries between orders of creation. Her poetry is remarkable in that all of these features seem present (or at least hovering kite- or butterfly- or heron-like in the background) in almost all of the poems and there can be few poets for whom the adage that the best guide to interpreting a single poem is the rest of the same author's poems is so true. Whether this dense and challenging style continues is still to be seen. And it is also still to be seen whether the epistemological and aesthetic implications of the Buddhism which the most recent poems deal with affect the nature of Beveridge's future poetry.
Q-Index Code C1

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